Laundry detergent hasn’t been around forever. Before the inception of detergent, laundry was cleaned with a washboard and soap. Soap used to (and still does) have a bad reputation for being drying to the skin, and many people have moved away from using it. With new developments and better calculations, bar soap is making a huge come-back! It is no longer drying, and the benefits of bar soap have increased to be better, in some cases, then the liquid body soap many people now use.
This isn’t the case with this bar, however. This bar is made specifically to be like the old, drying soap that was doubled as laundry and body soap, which resulted in some terrible skin care. It is 100% coconut based and vegan friendly. That’s all there is. It is unscented, uncolored, boring old soap.
Which is perfect for your laundry. There IS a little more work involved, but you end up with so much more for your money.
There are many different recipes and methods of making your own laundry soap online. If you have one that you like, then great!
If not, this is the recipe used in house for our laundry bars.
DIY Laundry Soap
- 1 bar of grated bar soap
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 cup of borax
- Grate the soap using a hand grater or food processor. Grate into fine particles so it dissolves easily.
- Carefully mix with the washing soda and borax (use gloves or a spoon as these can by drying if used directly on skin)
- Add essential oils and stir.
- Store in an air-tight glass jar.
- Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Add 1 tablespoon of Oxygen booster if needed… I use this on white loads.
You can take this a step further and create liquid laundry soap, as well.
- After grating the soap, add the soap shreds to a pot with 4 cups of hot water. Put the heat on medium-high, and stir until completely melted – about 10 minutes.
- Fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water. Pour in the melted soap mixture.
- Then, stir in 1 cup of borax & 1 cup of washing soda.
- If you’re using an essential oil, now is the time to add it. Use up to an oz.
- Now, fill up the bucket with warm water all the way to the top – and stir again. If you don’t have a utensil long enough to reach the bottom, just put on a pair of rubber dish gloves beforehand.
- Snap on a lid, and let it sit for 24 hours to gel up.
Note: it may separate and turn gloppy, which is normal. It still works great.
You can add essential oils to your laundry, but note that the scent will likely not transfer after your clothes have been dried. Essential oils such as rosemary and lemon can help freshen up clothes, or combat extra dirty articles and smells, such as animal bedding.
It is recommended to clean your washing machine every 3-6 months. Fill your machine with water, pour in 1 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar and let the machine cycle.
Please note that there is no warranty or guarantee that this can be used in HE machines. HE certification is a promise by manufacturers that their product is safe in the use of machines, but there is no regulating body behind the logo or use. As I do not know enough about the machines, I cannot make any guarantee for your warranty.